CORONAVIRUS - How to protect yourself and your family

Recently, a lot of patients have been asking us about the coronavirus and what they can do to prevent it (or reduce its affects) if they were to contract it. There is a lot of concern and fear associated with this virus for obvious reasons. You can’t turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or open your email without seeing something about the coronavirus.

Recently, a lot of patients have been asking us about the coronavirus and what they can do to prevent it or reduce its affects if they were to contract it. There is a lot of concern and fear associated with this virus for obvious reasons. You can’t turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or open your email without seeing something about the coronavirus.  

One thing I know for certain is that you should do your best to be prepared. I suggest building up your body before you begin to feel symptoms, this is the best way to prevent any future illness like the coronavirus.

What can you do to protect yourself?

When people get infected with this virus, it’s not the virus itself that kills them, but the resulting inflammation caused by the virus. So how do you prevent this collateral damage (this inflammation) from turning into something more? Let me explain.

When the immune system attacks a virus, it’s like a small  war is occurring. Debris and waste  from the immune system attack, results in the accumulation of free radicals.  These free radicals bounce around and cause damage to the bodies  surrounding tissues. Imagine throwing rocks at the side of a car. These free radicals cause lots of micro traumas to the body (somewhat like rocks would impact your cars surface). This results in damage that leads to  inflammation. The body responds to  the increased free radicals by using vitamin C, one of the bodies most powerful antioxidants, to help clean up the extra “debris” (aka the free  radicals/rocks).  

You can prepare your body for exposure to this virus by making sure you have enough vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C is effective against these types of viruses.1,2,3,4  If you get a virus and your vitamin C is low to start with, it will only go down from there. Once the infection starts you will lose even more vitamin C as the body attempts to sweep up (and remove) the free radicals that were created.

Humans cannot make their own vitamin C, and therefore we are  dependent on getting the proper requirements from diet or  supplementation. The older we get the less vitamin C we store in our bodies. This increases the likelihood of an elderly person  getting seriously ill from the inflammation created from this infection. If the inflammation is bad enough, it will damage the cells in the lungs and  cause fluid to fill into the chest, essentially drowning the individual.

With the coronavirus we see a lot of concern that it has a high fatality rate. The latest data shows that people who are 50 years old  and younger are at the same risk of dying as from the normal flue. However, as we look at older groups, we can see the virus becomes more dangerous and  is consistent with the common pattern of the typical flu.

 

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old.  If you don’t have enough vitamin C when you get sick, you will increase your risk of suffering from much more tissue damage from the immune system’s inflammation. If you are too low in vitamin C, and then you get a bad virus like Corona, you can develop scurvy. Scurvy is caused from a deficiency of Vitamin C. Guess what the main cause of death for people who have scurvy?  It’s pneumonia!  And this is how people are dying from the coronavirus.  

The coronavirus is causing people to become critically ill  and die from the exact same problem that happens when people become  deficient in vitamin C. Please protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a good quality source  of vitamin C.

SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP PROTECT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

Ascorbplex 1000

https://store.iwcenters.com/product/ascorbplex-1000/

Douglas Labs’ Ascorbplex 1000 is a vitamin C supplement formulated to potentially improve one’s antioxidant defense in addition to general immunity.*

The vitamin C in Ascorbplex is buffered with several minerals (calcium‚magnesium‚ etc.) in an effort to not only improve its absorbability‚ but also to deter or lessen the severity of stomach discomfort that may be common place with other vitamin C supplements.*

Ultra Potent-C Powder

https://store.iwcenters.com/product/ultra-potent-c-powder/

Gentle, Buffered Vitamin C for Immune Support

Ultra Potent-C Powder is a proprietary, patented vitamin C formula that features a buffered delivery system designed to help prevent the potential stomach upset sometimes associated with high vitamin C intake. Ultra Potent-C Powder may help support healthy immune function and is a good source of antioxidants from vitamin C. Preliminary scientific research suggests that vitamin C in the form of Ultra Potent-C may result in improved uptake of the vitamin by white blood cells when compared to regular ascorbic acid.*

 

Dosing For Vitamin C

Daily maintenance dosage – Adults and children over 12 years old take 1000mg or more per day; Children under 12 should take 250-500mg per day. This can be continued daily indefinitely all year long.

Acute viral support dosage – Children under 12 should take 1500-3000mg per day;Adults and children over 12 years old should take 3000mg per day. You may increase the dosage higher than 3000mg per day as vitamin C is safe even a t10,000 or 15,000mg per day. However loose stool may develop if your dose is too high; if loose stools occur lower the dose to the highest dose you can tolerate without causing diarrhea. This high level of vitamin C can be continued for days and weeks if needed to support the body’s recovery from infection.

 

Metagenics D3 Liquid

 https://store.iwcenters.com/product/d3-liquid/

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that improves immune function and resistance to infection.

 Dosage: Infants 0-2 years old take 2 drops per day. Children 2-6 take 4 drops per day. Children 7-12 years old take 6 drops per day. Adults and children 12 years or older should take 8 drops per day.

 

UltraFlora Immune Booster

https://store.iwcenters.com/product/ultraflora-immune-booster/

Targeted Probiotic Support for Healthy Nasal, Sinus & Respiratory Function

UltraFloraImmune Booster provides a blend of highly viable, pure strains of “friendly”bacteria, Lpa 8700:2 and Lp Heal9, which support healthy nasal, sinus, and respiratory function.*

  • Daily probiotic support for nasal, sinus and respiratory health
  • Features L. plantarum HEAL 9 and L. paracasei 8700:2, a unique probiotic blend demonstrated in research to support respiratory health when taken daily for 12 weeks
  • Supports healthy nasal and sinus passages
  • This product is non-GMO, gluten free, and vegetarian.*

Dosage: 1 Capsule per day

 Corona Virus Links:

Preventative Tips & The Bigger Picture: https://www.iwcenters.com/blog/covid-19

Immune Booster Products: https://store.iwcenters.com/product-category/immune-boosters/     

Dr. Shields' Video On The Top 4 Strategies he is using: https://youtu.be/xmAqF20qGcA

Disclaimer: Please note that these recommendations are not intended to TREAT Corvid-19, but rather to provide options that are generally safe and MAY be effective.

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